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Alternative Story of Qincheng Hou Shan gorges walk, Sichuan, China

THE STORY

This alternative story of the Qincheng Hou Shan gorges walk is taken directly from the information boards which we passed along the way.  Maybe we missed a few (there's none for the temple itself), but they give a flavour of the language used by the Chinese to describe their scenery and its religious and historical associations. Although the English is rather fanciful at times, it's delightful to read!

It demonstrates the effort that has been put in to developing the route, with the enormous investment of effort and resources into the reconstruction of the path, and the provision of signs and information boards in English (but let's hope that Tiger Leaping Gorge doesn't get a concrete path built along it as well).

There are many more photos here to accompany the main story.      > Link to main story 

 

Feiquan Gully

Cliffside Spring in Secret Valley

Baizhang Long Bridge

Water Curtain with Two Springs

Baiyun Ancient Stockaded Village

Baiyun Wanfo Caves

Youyi Village

Longyinxia Plank Road

Three Pools with Fog Spring

Five Dragon Valley

 

 

Feiquan Gully

 

With the ancient name of Lengling Gully, Feiquan Gully is 10 km long.  The cliff is precipitous and the river water is torrential.  The water of waterfall looks like pearl.  The wood on peaks along the gully is flourish and with rich wild birds and flowers.  In addition, there are bridges, pavilions and footways in various styles.  There are Bishui Pool and Yunu Pool where the travellers can take paddling as well as long bridge in water, water curtain cave with two springs, fairy dressing pool and secret lakes.  The idyllic scenes reflect the picture of poetic life.

 

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Cliffside Spring in Secret Valley

 

“Cliffside Spring in Secret Valley” consists of waterfall of Buddhism Guanyin Rock, Outshining the Moon Pool, Luoyan Pool and other scene spots.  Height of waterfall is 60m.  The water runs into deep pools in stages.  It is a beautiful traditional Chinese painting.  Climbing up the plank road, you will find the Biyue Pool and Luoyan Pool, which are named by traditional saying “have features that can make fish sink and birds alight, and look that can outshine the moon and put the flowers to shame.”

 

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Baizhang Long Bridge

 

The Baizhang Long Bridge is located in the middle reaches of Feiquan Valley.  The bended bridge is made by boards with a length of about 100 meters, going forward along the river.  On the both sides, the scene is beautiful, surrounded by countless peaks and densely covered by ancient trees.  The green grass cnarmed (sic) Muluosha attaches on the crooked branches of the ancient trees, dancing in the wind.  Walking on the bridge is like in fairyland, having special lasting appeal.

 

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Water Curtain with Two Springs

 

Water Curtain with Two Springs is a suit of supernatural sight, including natural bridge, dressing pool, waterfall, water curtain, dragon cave, and some other natural sights.  The Two Springs is formed by two flying springs in the interflow.  The former waterfall comes from the water in dressing pool, dispersing on the top of cave, just like a sliver curtain hanging in front of the cave, hiding the cave entrance.  The later waterfall is the positive flow of Feiquan Valley, just like a silver dragon flying down to the cave, tens of meters deep.  In the cave, the water turns and gushes.  The beautiful stalactites spread all around the cave.  On the cave, there are aged corridor bridge and stone arch bridge, which are called as natural bridge generally.  Overlooked the bottom of valley, it is covered by smoke and mist.  Trees are dancing in the wind.  Listening the earthshaking sound in the quiet gully, just like in the sky with clouds.  The Fairy Dressing Pool is near the natural bridge.

 

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Baiyun Ancient Stockaded Village

 

Located in small ground before Wangyun Hillock, the Baiyun Ancient Stockaded Village is a self-built hotel by tens of farmer families for travel and restaurant.  The village is the ancient building in wood structure, strewing at random.  Each has the pavilion and hanging foot, which endow this village with ancient taste.  Yinghua Mountain lies on the north of it.  On the top of the Yingua Mountain, involving in smoke and brume.  It is so grand, fancy and sublime.  Baiyun Holes lies on the west of Qincheng Mountain, involving in cloud and brume as well as covered by green plants.  Seen from it, there are flying waterfalls, deep ravines, vast cloud sea and mild misty rain.  Visiting the ancient stockaded village, the scene is so beautiful, just like the poem and picture; eating in the ancient stockaded village, the foods are delicious.  All of these will make you think more and forget to go back.

 

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Baiyun Wanfo Caves

 

The caves are located in the half mountainside where is connected Yinhua Mountain and Xiong’er Mountain.  In the cliff, more than 100 natural caves, small or large.  These caves spread about 2.5 kilometers from north to south.  It was said that Baiyun Buddhist monk in Tang Dynasty was buried alive here and cultivated himself to be a Buddha.  Thus, the cave was called as Baiyun CaveBaiyun Cave was the place for Buddhist to cultivate them.  Many famous monks came from here.  Thus, this cave had an important status in the history of Buddhism in China.  In these caves, there are Kwan-yin Cave, Tongtian Cave, Dizang Cave, Jiuseng Cave and grant Baiyun Temple and Kwan-yin Palace.  There are more than 2000 figures of Buddha, small and large, thus, it is called as Baiyun Wanfo Caves.

 

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Youyi Village

 

Youyi Village is located in the Taohuaxi Brook in the Five Dragon Valley.  The name comes from the poem of “Mountains multiply, streams double back, I doubt there’s even a road; Willows cluster darkly, blossoms shine, another village ahead.” In the mountains, two clear brooks go through the village. Green willows, brilliant flowers, fragrant and sweet fruits, small bridge and glide black tile on houses, floor and booth, bothie and bar and continuous smoke from kitchen chimneys from the abundant ancient artistic conception. There are more than 20 families in village providing room and board service for the travelers. The Taohuaxi Garden combines the traditional landscape garden with natural zoology, using brook and natural sights to match ancient building styles. 

 

 

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Longyinxia Plank Road

 

Planking Road was the necessary way into the Jinchuan post road in the ancient time.  At that time, the road was built by board across the rock by planking the wood block. Now it was rebuilt by reinforced concrete, which is looked like wood board. Total length is 600 meters.  It looks like a dragon hiding in the gorge.  Rock ladder, rock road and hanging bridge have been connected with each other, against the mountainside, being built against the megalith as column, or the hanging rock. Walking on them, you can see the light in brook, shadow of sun, blue sky, rocks on the both sides in black and reddish brown, strange stalactite and heavy wart, which make you feel cold.  In the middle of gorge, the cold spring is flying down.  Water mist is colourful against the sunshine, just like the rainbow, which makes you feel the delightful serenity of seclusion.

 

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Three Pools with Fog Spring

 

The Three Pools with Fog Spring is composed of three pools, Yonguan Cave, Longchen Rock and Echo Wall, etc. The three pools are the ponds in three grades formed during the period of water inflowing to rock. It’s called Jinwawa Tuo. It’s said that the fairy boy and girl from the Heaven always came to play water. Three Cliffside Springs fall with great sound, having majestic and grand vigour, just like dragon coming out and galaxy falling down.  100 meters forwards from the Three Pools comes the Fog Spring. There are caves under the rock cliff and springs spewing out of caves.  100 meters forwards from the Fog Spring comes the Echo Wall.  On the right side of Three Pools, there is a huge round rock, which is called as Longbao Rock.  Around it, there are five chines spreading to the round rock. This marvellous spectacle is called as “Five dragon Robbing Treasure.  And Five Dragon Valley is also famous for it.

 

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Five Dragon Valley

 

Five Dragon Valley was called as Manhe Valley in ancient times.  The total length is 8 kilometers.  It is said that this valley was famous for five supernatural dragons concealing in this valley.  Going forward against the valley, ridges and peaks are covered with plants; rocks are cloud-capped and valleys are deep.  Between the mountains and valleys, there are mystery.  Jinwawa Tuo, beautiful Longyinxia Plank Road, stalagmite rocks and echo wall with endless lasting appeal, grand Five dragon Robbing Treasure, White Dragon Spiting Water, Water Against Rinbow and other scenes. Furthermore, there are Youyi Village of Tao Yuan Bie Dong and Taohuaxi Garden. The flowers sprinkle the valley, such as rhododendra, camellia, mountainous sweet-scented osmanthus and wild chrysanthemum, making it as supernatural mountain and the most pleasant stage.

 

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> Read the story of the walk at nearby Qincheng Shan

Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne

Photos by Andrew, Owen and Catriona Llanwarne

 

 

Cafe preparing for customers

Cafe preparing for customers across from our hotel

First of the information boards

The cableway high above the gorge

The cableway high above the gorge

 

One of many clear direction indicators

One of many clear direction indicators

Group of men playing cards in a shelter

Group of men playing cards in a shelter

One of the pavilions

Approaching a guest house and cafe in the gorge

Approaching a guest house and cafe in the gorge

Buddha waiting for the ferry boat

Buddha waiting for the ferry boat

Past delicate waterfalls

Climbing past delicate waterfalls

At the upper cableway station - the

At the upper cableway station - Baiyun "Ancient Village" with empty cafes

 

The first temple buildings

The first set of temple buildings on the way up

Another group of figures

One of many groups of life-size figures under the overhang

Man selling plums

Man selling plums

Two of the little statues in niches

Two of the little statues in niches in the Buddha Cave

Concrete picnic logs

Concrete picnic logs at the first gateway

Passing through the gateway guarded by a Buddha

Passing through the gateway guarded by a Buddha

And colourful guardians inside the gatehouse

And colourful guardians inside the gatehouse

Locks and birds for sale at the next gate

Locks and birds for sale at the next gate

Giant Buddha inside the temple

Giant Buddha inside the temple

View from the temple over the misty hills

View from the temple over the misty hills

Section of the path down, under an overhanging rock face

Section of the path down, under an overhanging rock face

Past a giant reclining Buddha

Past a giant reclining Buddha

And a group of giant pandas

And a group of giant pandas

Individual designs marked on the path

Individual designs marked on the path

Useful warning just before the slippery section!

Useful warning just before the slippery section!

Lots of butterflies

Lots of butterflies

Building a new gateway for Youyi village

Building a new gateway for Youyi village

The path squeezed under this rock

The path squeezed under this rock

Travelling by sedan chair

Travelling the easy way by sedan chair

Lower part of the Five Dragon Gorge

Lower part of the Five Dragon Gorge

Towards the end of a great walk!